Jan 24, 2013 4:30am EST
correspondent jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: for the past ten years, u.s. military women have served on the front lines in both iraq and afghanistan, but never allowed in direct ground combat roles. lifting the 20 year ban against women in combat will ultimately put them directly in the heat of battle. it opens some 237,000 combat positions to women. women will be assigned to roles communication, logistics and drivers. gradually, they'll work closer to battle as medics are. before they become infantry troops. women have paid the ultimate price of war. 152 u.s. military women have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. tammy duckworth lost both of her legs as an army helicopter pilot in iraq. she says lifting the ban will level the playing field. >> you can make it to a general, for example, without an arms combat command at the brigade or battalion level. and this allows them into half of that command time. >> reporter: at first, women would have to volunteer for combat duty and meet the same physical standards faced by men. >> well, it has to. the standard doesn't change just because the
Jan 21, 2013 4:00am EST
, of course. news 4's jim vance and doreen gentzler will bring you the vantage point. they'll run down the parade if you're watching from home. >> you will not miss a beat if you're watching at home. it's ten minutes after 4:00. much more to tomorrow come on this special edition of "news4 today" from capitol hill including what president obama had to say about his wife's new hairstyle last night at an inauguration reception. >> plus, the super bowl matchup is now set. why one family will come out a winner no matter which team wins the big game. >> tom kierein is back on when we could see a few snowflakes. it's 4:10. you're watching on air and aught >>> welcome back. at 4:13. it's going to be a cold day. we're hoping for a warmup by the time the inauguration happens much let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein. >> it's going to be not too cold. it's going to be chilly by the time of the swearing in ceremony. a few streaks of high cloudiness over northern virginia, the district and much of maryland. clear skies over the mountains and south and east of the metro area. right now temp
Jan 22, 2013 4:00am PST
today to determine if prime minister benjamin netanyahu will win a third term in office. nbc's jim maceda is in tel aviv. jim, good morning. now, prime minister's netanyahu's coalition government may be weaker after today's voting. will that change israel's policies? >> reporter: good morning, mara. the latest polling showed even though netanyahu's party is about to lose eight to ten seats in the parliament, he'll still make it a comfortable win today. the policies going forward, that will be largely shaped by the coalition he forms to govern with and that horse trading will start in earnest probably as early as tomorrow. his obvious choice is lining up with even more hard-line parties to his right, including a right wing, extreme right wing group who are saying publicly they want to annex much of the west bank. that would be a worst-case scenario for palestinians here. or netanyahu could surprise everyone and form a more centrist government, leaning more to the left of center, giving him, as analysts here say, more options to deal with stalled peace talks and a struggling economy.
Jan 21, 2013 4:30am EST
touchdowns as jim harbaugh san francisco 49ers staged the biggest comeback victory ever in an nfc championship game, 28-24 over atlanta. the niner fans in san francisco went wild. check this out. ravens and 49ers will go head to head in super bowl xlvii in new orleans in two weeks, on february 3. it is the first time two brothers will coach against each other in a super bowl. their father, now, jack harbaugh, played one year of professional football with the afl's new york titans in 1961. after his sons were born, jack began a long coaching career in high school and college. >>> check this out. california, surfers rode waves between 20 and 30-feet high in the famed mavericks invitational surf contest in half moon bay, south of san francisco. the winner was a 43-year-old man from santa cruz. >>> later today, president obama will deliver his second inaugural address. this being a national holiday celebrating dr. martin luther king jr., one can be pretty certain that in addition to using dr. king's bible during the swearing-in ceremony that the message and sacrifices of dr. king will